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Italy Launches Antiterror Programme for Rail Security

The Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera reports that Italy’s railway and subway stations are about to introduce new security measures similar to those already in place in airports. Among the measures included in this antiterror programme are the introduction of closed-circuit TV, security guards, baggage checks and sniffer dogs. The following is text of Fiorenza Sarzanini report by Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera web site on 5 May entitled “Railway, subway stations policed on par with airports”, subheadings as published: Rome: Infrared closed-circuit cameras are to be placed at the entrances of tunnels and the sides of bridges, and video-recording cameras are to be placed in train carriages and stations. Riding on the trains themselves will be Polfer [railway police] officers, flanked by security guards. Also to be located in key areas are equipment to detect explosives, metal detectors to check baggage, and systems to detect toxic substances. Two months after the Madrid massacres, Italy is about to launch its railway antiterrorism security programme. Full Story

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